Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Ft. Lt. Imran Qureshi has stated that the PDMA was engaged in collecting relief goods for the earthquake victims of Turkiye and Syria.
In a statement issued on Friday, he added that donations worth more than 200 million rupees have been collected through cheques while hundred million rupees have been deposited to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund set up for this purpose.
Meanwhile, he mentioned that 160 tons of relief goods have also been collected at different collection centres and goods worth 100 tons have been handed over to NDMA for dispatching them to Turkiye and Syria. Shortly, he added that the second shipment of relief goods would also be sent.
The DG PDMA explained that relief goods are composed of 11 items including edibles, warm clothes, blankets, food hampers and other items. The food items are also tested by Punjab Food Authority to check the quality of the edibles, he added. The government has set up collection centres in the offices of deputy commissioners across the province for receiving donations and relief goods. The PDMA was also engaged in collecting donations and the Punjab government, as well as the people of the province, are firmly standing with the earthquake affectees, concluded Mr Qureshi.